Mat Latos: D
Line: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Mat Latos entered Game 5 as a certified Giants killer. He pitched brilliantly in his spot start in Game 1 after presumed starter Johnny Cueto left the game after eight pitches. In his two regular-season starts against the Giants, Latos went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 0.50 WHIP over 16 innings.
His dominance would not extend into Game 5. After getting off to an impressive start over his first four innings, Latos allowed a Gregor Blanco single. Brandon Crawford tripled him home, and a fielding error put Angel Pagan on first. Latos then walked Marco Scutaro and gave up a single to Pablo Sandoval.
Suddenly, Latos found himself facing Buster Posey with the bases loaded. They weren't loaded long.
One grand slam later, and Latos was done for the day. In a game where his past dominance over the Giants was desperately needed, Latos wilted under pressure and gave the opposition a six-run lead.
Sam LeCure: A
Line: 0.2 IP, 0 H,0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
LeCure came in to relieve Latos after the Posey grand slam and ensured the Giants rally did not extend further. He got Hunter Pence to ground out and then struck out Brandon Belt. He's been solid for Cincinnati throughout the NLDS, and today's game was no exception.
Sean Marshall: A+
Line: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Sean Marshall brutalized the Giants hitters, pitching two innings of three up, three down ball on the heels of a six-run inning in the fifth. He threw only 17 pitches and allowed his team a chance to regain some of its lost momentum.
Jonathan Broxton: B
Line: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Aside from a single to Hunter Pence, Broxton did his job and didn't let the Giants add to their lead. He was helped in a big way by Brandon Phillips, whose catch on Brandon Belt's liner had everything to do with Pence not scoring.
Aroldis Chapman: A
Line: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
With the Giants eager to add to their three-run lead, Chapman allowed Brandon Crawford to single and then set the next three batters he saw down in quick succession. He gave the Reds hope going into a jam-packed bottom of the ninth.
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain: C+
Line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Matt Cain overcame a Zack Cozart single and a Joey Votto walk to escape the bottom of the first inning. Up until the bottom of the fifth, Cain allowed only two other baserunners, one on a fielding error by Pablo Sandoval.
However, things began to unravel in the fifth. The Giants were looking for a shutdown inning after scoring six runs in the top of the fifth, but Cain instead allowed two runs by hitting leadoff man Ryan Hanigan, allowing a single to Drew Stubbs and then a two-run double to Brandon Phillips.
Cain would finish out the fifth and return for the sixth. In that inning, Ryan Ludwick smacked a leadoff home run. Jay Bruce followed with a walk, and Scott Rolen lined a single to center field. Cain fought through a brutal at-bat against Ryan Hanigan in which the Giants ace looked completely gassed, eventually striking Hanigan out before being replaced on the mound by George Kontos.
With a low pitch count heading into the bottom of the fifth, Cain's inability to go deeper into the game while also giving back half of his team's lead turned a somewhat comfortable situation back into a nail-biter.
George Kontos: A
Line: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 KK
Facing only one batter, Kontos did his job and got Drew Stubbs to ground out with Scott Rolen on second.
Jeremy Affeldt: B
Line: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Affeldt didn't allow a run, but he did make things hairy by putting two runners on base in his one inning of work. With Ryan Ludwick at the plate, he coaxed a grounder to end the seventh.
Javier Lopez: A
Line: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Lopez faced one batter, Jay Bruce, and put him away on a grounder back to the pitcher.
Santiago Casilla: D
Line: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Casilla entered the game and gave up a single to Scott Rolen. After a liner to Brandon Crawford got Ryan Hanigan out, Todd Frazier knocked another single to center field. Bruce Bochy had seen enough and went with his closer by default, Sergio Romo. A poor performance by Casilla, who seems to be more and more unreliable in crucial situations.
Sergio Romo: B
Line: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
The bottom of the ninth was a game unto itself. Romo got an out before walking Cozart and getting hit by Joey Votto for a single. Ryan Ludwick did what he always does and brought Cozart home on a single to left field. He then faced Jay Bruce in a 12-pitch duel that ended with Bruce flying out to left field. Facing Scott Rolen with the season in balance, Romo struck him out to send the Giants to the NLCS.
His shaky moments were enough to give someone an ulcer, but credit must be given for his resolve in gathering himself and finishing the job.